So what if June and 801 edit sex scenes in their manga, you should be bloody reading t for the story, not guys raping each other. Oh, and let us not forget, a person could sue a company if their kid accidentally reads it in the store. So, let say a 10 year comes in the book store and picks up a 16+ manga (one that isn't wrapped), kid sees the sex scene.....next thing you know, the mom sues the store and next would be DMP.
What the hell? Well excuse me for enjoying the sex scenes as well as the overall storyline. Why do you think those are included in the first place? "Guys raping each other" really? Are you serious? That's not even a gross oversimplification anymore, that's just plain wrong.
As for kids reading the books in the stores well that's not really the publisher's concern. 16+ books that aren't packaged can be leafed through by kids too in my opinion. The sex there is only implicit. If the parents sue well that's just because in America everybody sues everybody for the stupidest reasons. That's just terrorism. Books that need to be kept out of reach of children can easily be packaged or allocated to the upper shelves of the stores. Problem solved. That's why I think censoring books that are already labelled 18+ for mature audiences (like Invisible Love) is wrong. People who pick up those books will be expecting explicit scenes so the censorship isn't really necessary, is it?
I'm happy to hear publishers are slowly pushing the retailer's boundaries for explicit mature material. Even if stores have to make some adjustments I don't think the "adults' section" is such a horrible thing. Proudly advertising yaoi for what it is might even earn new customers interested in adult material and old BL fans will buy the books just like they did before. And be happier to get the art from their favorite mangakas unaltered so they'll probably be likelier to buy more in the future. I don't understand why it's such an issue but I'm happy we seem to be going in the right direction... What I'd like to know is if there have been more recent instances of the kind of censorship we see in Invisible Love? Hope not. I don't expect Juné to reissue those titles uncensored, that's just silly. But that is exactly why it's so important to censor as little as possible from now on because there won't be a chance to go back and redo it.